Tourists Warned Off Harry Potter Viaduct


Tourists and Harry Potter fans hoping for a glimpse of the Hogwarts Express have been wandering onto the Glenfinnan railway viaduct featured in the film franchise.

British Transport Police (BTP) said there had been several reports of people seen on the tracks that cross the Glenfinnan viaduct in the Highlands, prompting a warning of the dangers of trespassing on railway lines.

A couple with a young child were seen running on the railway line near the Glenfinnan viaduct in the Highlands while two men were also spotted on the track taking photographs. On another occasion, a group of hillwalkers appeared to be wandering casually on the line between Glenfinnan and Arisaig.


The viaduct is on the route of the Jacobite Steam Train and also featured in several Harry Potter films when the Hogwarts Express crossed over it.

BTP constable Nicky Ritchie said: “We know that visitors, many of them foreign, want to enjoy this incredibly scenic area and are keen to see and capture the trains, particularly steam trains, crossing what is without doubt a magnificent structure.

“However, they have to realise that they need to do it safely and without breaking the law.

“The proprietors of the Glenfinnan station visitor centre are also assisting us by making sure visitors are aware of the need to stay off the tracks.”

Mark Henderson, senior community engagement manager for Network Rail, said the company was working closely with the BTP to ensure people “fully understand the risk they face when straying onto operational railway land”.

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